Tuesday, July 9, 2013

High Value & Low Price Resource for Teaching - Dry Beans

Allow me to introduce you to one of your most valuable and least expensive resources available. It is a bag of dry beans! Seriously, this bag of dry beans cost me $2.49. This mixed bag of beans was one of my favorite product during the 10 years I did child care and early learning. Not only can you create a huge amount of projects for these beans, but just give the kids a bag outside with dishes and spoons and the children will "cook" with them and plant with them for hours. These beans are perfect for sorting. Little hands and fingers benefit from this fine motor activity. Little minds benefit from the science and math.

Use a muffin tin for your child to sort the beans in for a highly beneficial project under three dollars. 

Use beans as math manipulatives!

Use them for little ones to make simple designs. 

Use them to make works of art and mosaics. 

Use dry beans in sensory bins as the base. One of the favorites for my children were using the mixed beans in the sensory table with measuring spoons, measuring cups and containers for "cooking".

Buy bags of one kind of bean for the base in the sensory bin (i.e., Black beans for streets, split peas for grass, white beans for snow,etc)

Put some dry beans in socks and secure with a string for fast beanbags.
(Rubber bands are a serious choking hazard)

Do you have any other great ideas and uses for dry beans that you want to share?
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